Amalaya - Malbec - Calchaqui Valley
Overview: For centuries, farmers made offerings in hope for a miracle - as Amalaya translates in the local language - for a bountiful harvest. It is located at 5,900 feet above sea level, in the Calchaquí Valley, northwest of Argentina. The region stands out as one of The Highest Vineyards In The World, characterized by its dry climate with no more than 150 mm annual rainfall, with significant thermal amplitude; rocky and sandy soil.
Tasting Notes: Brilliant ruby color with violet edges. Strawberries, raspberries and ripe fruit with touch of pepper and spices aromas and elegant floral notes. In mouth, flavors of red fruit, spice and hints of vanilla from aging in French oak. Very nice freshness. Round, soft tannins lead to a delicate, lingering finish.
Pairing: Flank Steak with Chimichurri, Roast Lamb with Mustard Shallot Sauce
Points: 90, Wine Advocate
Format/ABV: 750 ml/14.0%
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